What it took to install Michigan’s first public electric commercial vehicle charging station

What it took to install Michigan’s first public electric commercial vehicle charging station

There are going to be problems when you begin the charging infrastructure installation process. It’s hard to say when or where–every project is unique, with unique players–but they’re going to crop up. We’ve harped on the importance of picking the right partners to push your infrastructure project to completion, but do you have the right mind set?

You’d think that an OEM and a dealer duo would have no problem installing charging infrastructure at a dealer location, but even Navistar’s NEXT eMobility team and West Michigan International faced their share of challenges in installing Michigan’s first public electric commercial vehicle charging station.

David Sickels, editor of The Buzz, and I connected with Jason Gies, vice president, eMobility Business Development, and Ed Rietman, dealer principal, West Michigan International, to talk about how they plowed through their challenges, the charging equipment details and how they aim to manage public charging demands while meeting their commercial customer needs. Watch the video above for all of their electrifying insight.

Amped for more Amped

Click here to catch up on any Amped episodes you may have missed.

You May Also Like

What it means when heavy-duty trucks are also ‘Virtual Vehicles’

Integrated real-time data aims to enhance heavy-duty trucking fleet efficiency, safety and productivity.

Platform-Science-1400

Heavy-duty trucks live two lives. The first is obviously out on the road, doing the job. The second isn't as visible. It's a digital existence where data creates a picture of that truck's operation and feeds information to efficiency, productivity, safety, and service solutions, to name a few. Frankly, that second life is the one that fleet managers most often engage with. Truck data drives fleet improvements. Just as those solutions are increasingly integrated into fleet managers day-to-day workflow, so too are the solutions that generate that data integrated into trucks.

Navigating the EV charging market

Thoughts on future-proofing charging infrastructure installations and charger/EV compatibility.

Amped-Featured-Image-EP36-AUTEL-1000x500
This year’s truck trade show EV trends

Companies focusing on truck maintenance are approaching zero-emissions differently than OEMs designing new EV offerings.

Amped-Featured-Image-EP34-2023-Truck-Shows
The electric school bus rollout reality

Taking commercial vehicle battery electric technology to school.

Proterra-Electric-School-Bus-1400
Extending equipment sustainability strategies to electric transportation refrigeration units

How fleets are starting to use electric TRUs in zero-emissions operations.

Amped-Featured-Image-Carrier-1400

Other Posts

Model year 2025 engines: What you need to know

Building on 2024 designs, heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers remain focused on improving efficiency when looking at the 2025 model year.

cummins-volvo-detroit-engine-group-2024-2025
Understanding the updated 30C EV charging tax credit

New census tract definitions clarify that the credit focuses on rural and low-income areas, making 2/3 of Americans eligible.

electric-charging-infrastructure-generic-EV-tax-credit
When will the 2027 diesel engine pre-buy start?

Volvo Trucks’s Magnus Koeck shares his prebuy thoughts, talks 2023 market share and provides a 2024 industry outlook.

Volvo-Trucks-Market-VNL-1400
Volvo Trucks new VNL: Lineup overview

We dive into the VNL’s fuel efficiency, safety and take it for a spin.

volvo-vnl-truck